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Lorna Dane
Polaris
of the X-Men, X-Factor

Lorna Dane is known as "Polaris," and was one of the founding members of the X-Men. In fact, Cyclopes is often called the "first X-Man," because he was the first mutant recruited by Professor Charles Xavier to form the fledgling mutant super-hero team.

Lorna was raised by an adoptive family, which is presumably where she was introduced into Catholicism.

Polaris was the long-time girlfriend of Alexander Summers, a fellow member of the X-Men and later a fellow member of X-Factor. Like Lorna, Alexander was raised as a Catholic, but has not been an active churchgoer as an adult.

Lorna Dane has typically not been portrayed as a devout Catholic. In fact, her lack of strong religious convictions may help explain why she, more than any other member of the X-Men, has so frequently been controlled by other people and influenced into becoming a traitor to the X-Men or a villain. Under the influence of the villain Malice, Polaris was even the leader of the Marauders for several years. The Marauders were a team of super-villains who massacred other mutants. Other villains who have controlled Lorna in the past include Erik the Red, Mr. Sinister, and the Shadow King. Lorna has also been a follower of the mutant terrorist Magneto more than once, and it is not entirely clear that it was always because of "mind control." Sometimes Lorna has done things that seem rather crazy and violent, apparently without being under anybody's mental control. For example, she killed multiple members of the Church of Humanity, an anti-mutant group. Many fans regard Lorna the most mentally frail of all the X-Men.

Lorna has mutant powers over magnetism. Even from her earlier appearances, this caused many people to believe that Lorna is the biological daughter of Magneto. But originally little was known about Polaris's family background. Various hints were dropped over the years, and it has now been fully confirmed that Polaris is the daughter of Magneto. Magneto's religious/ethnic background is Jewish, which means that Polaris may be regarded as ethnically half-Jewish. Magneto may also be ethnically Gypsy (Roma), or he may have simply adopted a Gypsy/Roma identity as a means of disguising his true identity, or due to his relationship with his beloved wife Magda, a Gypsy. One should keep in mind that Magneto's deceased wife Magda (the mother of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch) is not the mother of Polaris. Regardless of Magneto's specific ethnic and religious background (Jewish or Jewish/Roma), Polaris has no Jewish self-identity whatsoever. She did not even know she was the daughter of Magneto until recent years. She doesn't regard Magneto as a source of her religious identity, and she may not even know that Magneto is Jewish. Polaris has never practiced Judaism in any way. Likewise, Polaris has no Gypsy/Roma self-identity.


Below: Lorna Dane (Polaris) jokingly suggests that Havok concoct a cover story for himself in which he tells people that his sisters are converts to Zoroastrianism. In actuality, Havok has no sisters and his brothers (including Cyclops of the X-Men) are not converts to Zoroastrianism.

[Source: X-Men #180, published by Marvel Comics (2006), page 6; reprinted in X-Men: The Day After trade paperback (2006); written by Peter Milligan, pencilled by Roger Cruz, inked by Victor Olazaba with Don Hillsman III.

Polaris suggests that Havok tells people his sisters are converts to Zoroastrianism

From: "Polaris (comics)" webpage on Wikipedia website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polaris_(comics); viewed 4 January 2006):

When Havok finally revealed that his "terrorist" activities had been a front for his true undercover work, Lorna forgave him although she rejected him romantically. She also rejoined X-Factor only to watch as Havok was seemingly killed in the explosion of a faulty time machine constructed by the mutant from the future, Greystone.

Weeks later, Nightcrawler encountered Lorna in a church and she confided in him that she felt she was being followed and that she was sure Alex was still alive...

Later, some of the X-Men went to Genosha to survey what occurred there. They encountered Polaris in Genosha some time after its population was massacred by Cassandra Nova's Sentinels. Polaris was possessed by the ghosts of those who died residing in magnetic fields. When Polaris rejoined the X-Men, she had a darker personality and was more ruthless in battle, especially when she killed some members of the Church of Humanity. Havok broke up with Polaris after they were about to be married for another woman. She went berserk and commenced to go on a rampage that nearly resulted in her killing Alex. Juggernaut succeed to knock her out though only temporarily. She remained this way until some psychic therapy with Professor Xavier. Polaris promised to do no more harm and she was accepted back to the X-Men.

Discussion

From: "Who's Catholic in the Marvel Universe" forum discussion started 5 February 2005 on "HCRealms" website (http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=123637; viewed 10 May 2007):

Shellhead
02/05/2005, 15:35

I know a lot of characters are Jewish, so I was wondering who is officially Catholic?

I know Daredevil is. It's a major part of his personality and often occurs in storylines.

I also believe Firebird from the West Coast Avengers... After that, I'm pretty much stumped.

Anyone have any others?

Marvel Catholics:
Daredevil
Firebird


[http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=123637&page=3]

pashmina
01/13/2007, 20:13

I remember Nightcrawler found Polaris in a church. Whether it was Catholic is another thing.

Just sya she is for a laugh. Like Green Hair is always fun.

From: http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/archive/index.php/t-35318.html; viewed 4 January 2006:

Back during the lead-in to the Twelve storyline, Nightcrawler went into a Catholic church and found Lorna inside lighting a candle for Alex. Presumably that would make her Catholic as well.

From: "Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters" forum discusion, started 28 March 2006 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-116753.html; viewed 28 May 2007):

JTLauder
03-28-2006, 07:55 AM

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of time people have to put stuff together on the web. Anyway, if you were ever wondering about the religious affiliation of a certain comic book character, check out this site:

http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html


Dizzy D
03-28-2006, 05:56 PM

I wouldn't put too much trust in that website. It seemed to miss that the Infinity Crusade lists apart from the religious (and I believe she used the word spiritual more than religious) people, also people who have had a near-death experience...

And reading through that site:

Lorna Dane has typically not been portrayed as a devout Catholic. In fact, her lack of strong religious convictions may help explain why she, more than any other member of the X-Men, has so frequently been controlled by other people and influenced into becoming a traitor to the X-Men or a villain.

Yay for religious fundamentalism!

From: "Where are the Christian Superheroes?" forum discussion page started 22 August 2006 on Newsarama website (http://forum.newsarama.com/archive/index.php/t-81451.html; viewed 5 May 2007):

Mr Wesley
08-22-2006, 10:03 AM

...I pose the question to you, my fellow Talk@Ramanians: If Christianity is the most popular faith in the United States, why aren't there more openly Christian superheroes?


MoneyMelon
08-22-2006, 10:14 AM

Religion was a pretty big deal to Nightcrawler for a while too.


deldredz
08-22-2006, 10:18 AM

Yeah, he [Nightcrawler] and Polaris are Catholics.

From: Visconde Carlo Vergara, "The Faith of Heroes (Superhero Religious Trivia)", posted 14 May 2006 on "Carver's House" blog website (http://carverhouse.blogspot.com/2006/05/sony-buys-us-rights-to-iranian-comic.html; viewed 15 May 2007):

What do Havok, Polaris and Banshee have in common aside from being mutants and affiliated with the X-Men? According to an article on Adherents.com, the three are Catholics... The site also cites the comics issues where the religious affiliations were suggested or revealed.

More heroes are presented in a table on this page [link to: http://adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_book_religion.html]. If you want pictures, look through this other page [link to: http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/comic_collage.html].

From: "What are the religious beliefs of the main mutants in the X-Books?" forum discussion started 16 January 2007 on "Comic Book Resources" website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-160293.html; viewed 16 May 2007):

01-16-2007, 03:51 PM
What do you think the religious beliefs of the following mutants are?

Scott
Jean
Professor X
Magneto
Wolverine
Wanda
Lorna
Bobby
Pietro
Storm


ibrakeforchinwe
01-16-2007, 04:38 PM


Kitty - Jewish
Jean - Protestant
Magneto - Jewish
Xavier - Protestant
Bobby - Jewish
Wanda - Jewish
Pietro - Jewish
Lorna - Catholic?
Storm - No idea...
Wolverine - Protestant?
Emma - Catholic?
Sam - Baptist?
Angel - Protestant?
Banshee - Catholic?
Chamber - Anglican?
Scott and Alex - Protestant
Psylocke - Protestant or Anglican

jmc247
01-16-2007, 07:14 PM

re: Lorna - Catholic?

Why do you think Lorna is Catholic? She seems to look and act pretty Jewish to me.


ibrakeforchinwe
01-17-2007, 07:14 AM

How do you act Jewish?


ibrakeforchinwe
01-17-2007, 10:51 AM

...The reason I didnt think Polaris was Jewish, was because she was adopted, never mentioned being Jewish, and it was basically a guess.


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